A recent report shows that the economic impact of far Northern California’s well-kept secrets, Lava Beds and Tule Lake National Monuments, contributes significantly to the region’s economic growth.
Located in Modoc and Siskiyou counties, southeast of the lower Klamath National Forest, Lava Beds and Tule Lake National Monuments are proving to be economic powerhouses. In 2022, tourists injected $6.4 million into nearby communities, generating 74 jobs and a cumulative benefit of $7.2 million.
The area, sitting right on the Oregon border, is known to be one of the most rural areas of the state.
Lava Beds National Monument beckons adventurers with its intricate lava tubes and caves. These geological marvels, created by ancient volcanic activity, offer unique rock formations and historical significance from the Modoc War. It also includes fascinating Native American history, including petroglyphs that are 6,000-years-old.
Tule Lake National Monument enchants birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. The serene lake is a migratory bird haven, providing a peaceful setting for observing waterfowl in their natural habitat.
These monuments echo a nationwide trend, highlighting the vital role of national parks. Across the U.S., the total contribution from national parks to the economy is estimated at $50.3 billion. Exploring Lava Beds and Tule Lake isn’t just an adventure; it’s an investment in our local economy’s vitality.